2017 TEAM



KINEMATIK Dance Theater, founded by Svea Schneider, is a Queens-based urban-contemporary dance company that creates dance theater, site-specific performances, dance installations, dance films and multi-disciplinary performances. KINEMATIK’s mission is to engage + empower people through dance, to build community, raise awareness about important social issues and use dance as a tool for social justice through performances, dance education & outreach programs. KINEMATIK has shown work nationally and internationally throughout NYC, Peru, India and Europe. kinematikdance.com


Founder / Executive Producer / Artistic Director

Svea Schneider, born and raised in Germany, is a NYC-based dance artist, choreographer, dance teacher and activist. She holds a degree in dance anthropology from NYU and is the founder of KINEMATIK Dance Theater. sveaschneider.com 


Associate Producer

Karen Kitchen is an independent event producer, feminist, activist and avid knitter. As the V.P. and Senior Producing Director of Arts Brookfield, a corporately funded public arts initiative, she commissioned, produced and presented works of art in all mediums from visual art and dance to music, film and dance-theater for unique and challenging public spaces in New York, Houston and Los Angeles. As an independent producer, Karen is excited to use her experience to develop unique cultural events for a variety of clients. 


Design and Visual Communication

Jetzt-immer is a design studio specializing in print design, visual identity, concept development and art direction, mainly working in the fields of culture, art, dance and lifestyle. jetzt-immer.com


Director of Design and Social Media Manager

Siri Lindskrog is a Danish Graphic Designer / Dancer / Choreographer based in NYC. She is Co-Founder of jetzt&immer, a design studio specialising in print design, visual identity, concept development and art direction, mainly working in the fields of culture, art, dance and lifestyle. Siri is also the Co-Founder of Grounded View, a dance company working primarily with ”experimental” floorwork based on technique from House Dance, Breaking, Hip Hop, Capoeira and Contemporary Dance. 



Michelle Tabnick Public Relations provides public relations services for arts organizations in the tri-state area, with a primary focus on dance and classical music.  Current and past clients include:  Ballet Hispanico, Big Apple Circus, MasterVoices, New York Theatre Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim, among others.  Before starting her own company, Michelle Tabnick held senior positions at Off-Broadway theatre companies in Manhattan as director of marketing at Signature Theatre Company from 2003-2005 and as director of marketing at The Pearl Theatre Company from 2000-2003. Previously, she was employed by New York City Opera, Hangar Theatre and Porthouse Theatre.  She has more than eighteen years of experience in NYC-based non-profit publicity and marketing.


Production Manager

Mariana Vahalova is a traveler, filmmaker and a movement lover. Climbing, acroYoga and horse riding are her biggest passions. She came to NYC from the Czech Republic 3 years ago to experience new culture. Her specialization is TV shoots, music videos and live event production.




Media Manager

Paty Solórzano is a dance artist, choreographer and teacher originally from Michoacán, México.  She received her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Michigan and BFA from Texas Christian University. She recently relocated to New York City and is honored to be a part of the INSITU team.  pattysolorzanodance.weebly.com


Festival Associates


Wenxin Sun comes from China. Her background is Dance Studies, and she is good at Chinese folk dance and classical dance. Currently she is pursuing MA in Arts Administration degree at Baruch College, and she is a dance instructor in Brooklyn. She loves dance very much, and she has a strong academic and events background in the performing arts.



Jolie Saltiel comes from Staten Island, NY and is a Freshman in the Honors College at The State University of New York, The College at Brockport. She is double majoring in Dance and Business and has a passion for arts administration and dance. 


Festival Photographer

Javier Gamboa

30 years of professional experience
Photographer of the National Ballet of Peru
Official photographer of the Intensive Dance Course VALENCIA EN DANZA, Valencia- Spain
Official photographer of ALL DANCE INTERNATIONAL, for all Americas
Official Photographer of the International Competition DANZANDO EN LIMA, Lima -Perú
Photographer of ANDO DANZANDO VOLUNTARIADO, Lima- Peru
Photographer of various classical and contemporary dance academies of Peru

Festival Videographers

Reiko Yanagi is a photographer, videographer and editor from Japan. She has captured dance, theater, film and music productions in New York. Her work has been published on several websites and in magazines like DanceMagazine, NYtimes, GreatfulDeadHP to name a few.


Mark Dearborn, Owner, Videographer, Editor with over ten years of video production experience, nothing excited Mark more than to move to Brooklyn, New York to start a production company focused on creating promotional video content. He has completed a wide range of innovative projects for individuals and companies all over the country, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Boston, and New York. In addition to making videos, he greatly enjoys hiking, running, traveling, and spending time with his family. Being active has always been important to him, whether it's getting outside or learning what it takes to become better at his video craft every day.    


Advisory Board

Sheila Lewandowski  
Executive Director
Chocolate Factory Theater

Rob Basch
Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

Rob MacKay
Queens Economic Development

Paul Januszewski
Rockrose Development Corp.

Carlos Martinez
Deputy Director
City Parks - Green Thumb

New York Foundation of the Arts
Fiscal Sponsorship Department

Advisory Board Guest

Jennifer Walden Weprin
Director of Cultural Affairs & Tourism
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

Artist Selection Panel

Steven Hitt
Artistic Director
La Guardia Performing Arts Center

Valerie Green
Founder/Artistic Director
Dance Entropy/Green Space

Nicola Irvasi
Artistic Director
Mare Nostrum Elements

Svea Schneider
Founder/Artistic Director
KINEMATIK Dance Theater